Union Minister and former Maharashtra BJP chief Raosaheb Danve, in a bid to garner votes for his son contesting the Maharashtra Assembly elections, boasted that he would allow cow slaughter till he is in power. Furthermore, he advocated the illegal businesses that are flourishing in his Jalna constituency.
The video from October 19 was accessed when MoS Raosaheb Danve could be seen assuring the people that cow slaughter would be allowed while campaigning for his son, Santosh Danve contesting on Maharashtra's Bhokardan seat on the BJP ticket.
He said, "All illegal activities (do number ka dhanda) are happening in this district only. Sandalwood, rice, and so many others. For the first time when the ban on cow slaughter was implemented, during Bakri-Eid, 2-4 people came to me to ask for slaughtering (Qurbani). They said, what have you done. When I asked them what happened, they responded saying that they don't allow us to slaughter. That's when I told them, till Raosaheb Danve is here, it won't be shut."
However, when confronted by Republic Media Network over his controversial comment, BJP's Danve said, "The media is showing a video of mine but I want to clarify that I have not made any statement regarding Govansh Hatya (cow slaughter). The said video has been edited and circulated in the social media to spread wrong information about me."
The 64-year-old BJP MP served as Minister of State for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution from May 27, 2014, to March 5, 2015. He quit his ministerial post after being appointed state BJP president. Danve had replaced Devendra Fadnavis as Maharashtra BJP president after the latter became Chief Minister following the saffron party's victory in the October 2014 assembly polls.
In Maharashtra, where the 'Mahayuti' alliance of BJP, Shiv Sena and smaller parties is against the 'Maha-agadhi' led by the Congress and the NCP. In the saffron alliance, BJP will be contesting on 150 seats, and Shiv Sena will fight on 124 seats in Maharashtra. Alliance partners of BJP have fielded 14 candidates on the party's lotus symbol. Meanwhile, the Congress is contesting the polls in alliance with the NCP. Both parties are contesting on 125 seats each in the 288-member Assembly and its allies on the remaining 38 seats.